Mabel Zhuang | Communication, Media and Learning Technologies Design | Mathematics Science and Technology

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Communication, Media & Learning Technologies Design

In the Department of Mathematics, Science & Technology

Mabel Zhuang, M.A. in Instructional Technology and Media

Currently, there is a huge disconnect between what higher education provides for students and what is needed in today’s 21st century job market. My goal is to provide an online resource that will bridge this existing gap. For my Masters project, I am designing a career management platform that utilizes existing resources and technologies on the web to help manage and develop one’s career. The platform specifically targets recent graduates and entry to mid-level working professionals looking to either break into a new industry or advance in their current one.

It explores three specific areas that are important for career management – acquisition of the right knowledge and skills, personal branding online, and networking with other individuals in the same industry to build a network of peers and mentors. The site addresses these three areas through the incorporation of massive open online courses, an online portfolio builder, and social networking capabilities through messaging, discussion boards, and suggested connections. Users can select a pre-designed curriculum based on career interest to acquire the knowledge and skills for their selected career path. The online portfolio builder makes it easy for users to showcase their work through the MOOC courses as well as any other projects and achievements. Finally, the community-building and social networking tools allows users to communicate and connect with each other to expand their professional network. The aim of this career management platform is to empower recent graduates and young working professionals with the skills and knowledge necessary for the 21st century job market.

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